I took my first solo backpacking trip this past weekend to the Red Castle area in the Uinta Mountain Range. Of all the vistas I've seen in my travels, this is definitely one of the most humbling. The place has a true "wild" feel to it, the trailhead is around 12 miles away from this point. I'll have a short journal entry with a couple of the trips highlights.
I still have loads of ideas for photos in the area, I think I'll make this an annual trip.
Chris and I decided to take a weekend backpacking trip to Lake Blanche and Sundial Peak in the Twin Peak Wilderness area of the Wasatch mountains. We both knew the forecast called for a chance of rain but didn't hesitate to head up the trail.
We were gifted some amazing light for photography but paid a price later that night. Earlier in the evening and during sunset I saw some of the best light I've had a chance to photograph. After a productive session we were walking back to our tents and I looked over my shoulder to see a violent lightning bolt strike miles away in the valley below, and I said to Chris half joking, "that storm is probably going to hit us around 2 this morning."
Unfortunately my prediction came true. We were camped on an exposed bluff and all hell broke out at almost exactly 2 am. After severe winds and rain combined with one hell of an active electric storm things finally started to calm down. Our tents were maybe 5 ft apart and we couldn't hear each other yelling at the top of our lungs because of the rain and wind. It sounded like a freight-train passing by. The worst was a bolt that struck so close I was convinced it had hit the tree our tents were next to. We were both shaken by the proximity and the intensity of the lightning and almost had each other convinced to walk the 3 1/2 miles back in the dark at 3:30 in the morning. After a careful examination of the skies and the perceived threat, we decided to stay up on the mountain and walked down the next morning. It was a hell of a good photo adventure, one that I'll not soon forget. I still have a few more shots to post from the light show we witnessed.
If you made it this far, thanks for hanging in there.
Lake Blanche. Wasatch Mountains, Utah.
Canon 5D. 17-40 L. CPL. 3GHS GND.
From earlier in the evening looking down the valley:
Baita Segantini (2200m) and the Pale di San Martino group, near San Martino di Castrozza.
I hiked up there from 1400m on four out of eight evenings I have spent in the Dolomites, Italy. Three of them completely cloudless but on the fourth hike and my last day of the whole trip I finally got my chance. _______________________________
After missing an incredible sunset last night I wasn't about to pass up another chance to capture some quality light. I revisited an area I haven't shot at for a couple of years and it brought back good memories.
We've had some active weather in the area and I went chasing the clouds to find this composition. You can see the high salt levels still found in this ancient lake, for miles the bottom is covered by a thin layer of white crystallized salt.
Great Salt Lake, Utah.
Canon 17-40 L. CPL. 2SS GND.
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I just got back in town after a 4 day weekend mountain biking and hiking around Jackson Hole Wyoming. This was the only time during the trip I got the camera out. The gentle pitch of the hillside was covered with alpine flowers, and a storm system blanketed the rugged valley with rain.